How many different cookies can there really be? You start with many of the same ingredients — flour, sugar, butter, eggs — and yet there seems to be almost infinite ways to combine them.
Our judges went in a different direction, though, and chose finalists with a more homespun feel, and yet the winning Cappuccino Flats have been around for 30 years, despite their sophisticated chocolate-coffee profile.
You can find all the winners and finalists from more than a decade of contests, with color photos galore, in the new edition of our e-book, “The Cookie Book,” along with a few extra recipes that happen to be our favorites. At $2.99, the new tablet-only edition is a holiday bargain. Find it at Startribune.com/ebooks or buy it from iTunes, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
No e-reader? You can also find all the past contest recipes in an easy-to-search archive in our Cookie Finder. See you in the kitchen.
Meanwhile, click on the links below to meet our bakers, see their winning recipes and more.